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Children with autism report greater gender diversity: study

Apr. 21, 2022—Vanderbilt researchers found that children with autism report higher rates of gender diversity — the way in which an individual experiences gender distinct from social norms for their gender assigned at birth — than their typically developing peers.

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Taylor, Newhouse, Petrie honored by geriatric psychiatry association

Apr. 21, 2022—Vanderbilt's Warren Taylor, MD, MHSc, Paul Newhouse, MD, and William Petrie, MD, were recently honored at the 2022 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) Awards.

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White matter and psychosis

Jan. 27, 2022—The microstructure of white matter in the brain could be an important risk marker for psychosis, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Study links depression scores, white blood cell count

Dec. 2, 2021—  by Emily Stembridge Researchers across four health care systems, including Vanderbilt University Medical Center, have found that increased depression polygenic scores are associated with increased white blood cell count, highlighting the importance of the immune system in the etiology of depression. Despite a wide understanding of depression as a psychiatric disorder, depression’s underlying biological...

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Brain circuits in schizophrenia

Sep. 20, 2021—Vanderbilt psychiatrists are probing brain circuit hyperactivity implicated in schizophrenia, with the idea that normalizing the hyperactivity may improve cognitive processes.

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White matter and schizophrenia

Sep. 2, 2021—Patients with schizophrenia have functional changes in the white matter of the brain, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered, which may contribute to impaired working memory and processing speed.

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Estrogen, depression and menopause

Aug. 23, 2021—A shift in emotional processing may help women adapt to lower estrogen after menopause —unless they have a history of major depressive disorder, Vanderbilt researchers have found.

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Mood and cognition after chemotherapy

Jul. 26, 2021—Validation of cognitive complaints appears to improve mood in patients with persistent chemotherapy-cognitive impairment, Vanderbilt researchers report.

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Depression and the brain-age gap

Oct. 19, 2020—Older depressed adults show accelerated brain aging, according to a new study from Vanderbilt researchers, who suggest that the effects of depression may speed the decline in cognitive functions in older individuals.

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Pinpointing brain changes in psychosis

Oct. 1, 2020—Specific regions of the thalamus — a central brain region — are smaller in adults with psychotic disorders and youth at risk for psychotic disorders and are associated with cognitive impairment.

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A connection to schizophrenia

Jun. 23, 2020—The insula, a small region of the brain involved in diverse brain functions had widespread dysconnectivity in schizophrenia, Vanderbilt researchers found.

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Survey links employees with mental health resources

May. 21, 2020—In alignment with May being Mental Health Awareness Month, Vanderbilt Behavioral Health and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are offering employees an additional way to receive support for their mental health.

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